The Kid

The Kid

The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than five hundred home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him--and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s, grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his twenty-two years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America--and shocked them, too. His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a god in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] :, Blackstone Audio, Inc.,, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781478926672
Branch Call Number: 796.357092 Willi-B
Characteristics: 29 audio discs : digital, CD audio ; 12 cm
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Dec 30, 2014

This is a Red Sox junkie's delight. Also the baseball historian might take delight in the more prurient aspects of William's life. (For example, which of his three wives he had the best sex with.)
But the downside is the author's obsession with cryogenics and that aspect of William's life. This combined with the sad, sordid details of his final dysfunctional days with his three children in the last quarter of the book taxes interest. A fine, compelling narrative looses balance and perspective; one just wants it to end. 3.5 of 5

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